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“A Tale in Two Halves”

Maarjamae Palace Estonian History Museum (Maarjamae Loss)
Ranked #86 of 318 things to do in Tallinn
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Reviewed 9 January 2015

This review is a tale of two Halves. In the first place, I went to Maarjamae Palace as an extension of the Estonion History Museum. I went out by taxi and it was a bit like going to a place that had been left behind. The original palace buildings are in a poor state of repair, and this neglect extended to the interior. You do not get to view an historical interior other than an impressive Grand Hall with a great mural. The rest of the museum had two temporary exhibions: film in Estonia and Electricity in Estonia. It was not really worth visiting.

However, the second part of my review is much brighter. Behind the palace lies a quantity of Soviet statues that made an interesting photo story. The next feature is that a brand new museum has been opened in the original barn, about 300m to the left of the palace. It is not yet signposted from the arrival gate. Opened in December 2014, this contemporary display sets out the history of Estonia during the last war. It was excellent with plenty of good signage in English. An audio guide ( not tried) was also available. Original items, film and photos brought their history alive.

Oh, check out the spectacular toilets available here too. Worth a visit just yo check the color scheme and the mirrors.

There are plans for the original Palace to be redeveloped, and if this new section is indicative of the standard to come, then visitor's experiences will be much improved.'

5  Thank NapierAro
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Reviewed 6 December 2014

This museum has 2 major buildings..the first dealing primarily with the Soviet occupation and the second with the German occupation. Anyone with any interest in WW11 is virtually overcome with the visit. Fortunately, Estonia has an awesome film archive and here it is shared in a way which really captures one. The layout of the museum is brilliant..the many uses of projectors, video, artifacts, mutilingual descriptions, etc are simply riveting. We found the staff to be knowledgable ,courteous and very helpful. While outside the old city,( 10 minutes by taxi), this is a must see.

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Reviewed 4 December 2014

I didn't go in the museum, as it was closed, but around the back you can find 10 ton statues of Stalin or busts of Lenin. Totally amazing to see the collection, now very rare to see in situ. Impressive.

2  Thank 2bobbits
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Reviewed 4 November 2014 via mobile

Estonian story is full of emotions, and this Museum really show it. A lot of picture , of text... But not boring. We did it with my Friends and We really enjoyed it. It's fascinating .

Thank Laurène T
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Reviewed 3 November 2014 via mobile

If you go to Tallinn, Estonian History museum is one of the most interesting sight. You prefer to go by bus because it's far from the city center, me and my sister decided to go for a walk and we were very tired, there is nothing interesting in the way. The museum is very interesting, varied and really exposes the history of Tallinn.

Thank Eto G
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